Globe Theatre Pictures

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Globe Theatre, London

Globe Theatre, London - Exterior
Outside the Globe Theatre, London Globe Theatre, London - Exterior. Photo © Pawel Libera

A Photo Tour of Shakespeare's Globe

Explore Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Pictures from this outstanding building can give you a real insight into the world of William Shakespeare.

The original Globe Theatre in London was demolished in 1644 after it fell into disuse during the Puritan era. This important building was lost for centuries until the original foundations were rediscovered in 1989.

In the mid 1990s, the Globe Theatre London was reconstructed using traditional materials and techniques just a few hundred yards away from the original site.

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"Wooden O"

Wooden O – Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Wooden O – Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Photo © John Tramper

This photo really shows why Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is referred to as a “Wooden O” in the prologue from Henry V:

Or may we cram within this wooden O the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt?

In actual fact, the building is not circular. It is an octagonal shape measuring 100 feet in diameter, and built three storeys high. In Shakespeare’s time, the building held around 3,000 spectators. Today, this is limited to around 1,500.

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Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Elizabethan Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Photo © Manuel Harlan

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of Elizabethan theater.

The trust stage and high seating areas brought the performer and spectator into close proximity. Shakespeare’s language is very direct and designed for the Elizabethan theater space.

The theater experience was very different back then – audiences would talk, eat and sometimes brawl during performances. Today, audiences tend to be a little better behaved, but the Globe Theatre gives us first-hand experience of Elizabethan theater.